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Windows VM Inventory - Limiting Resource Impact During Inventory

Created: 02 May 2014 • Updated: 02 May 2014 | 8 comments
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Hello all,

We have a location that is running multiple VM boxes on a single piece of hardware.  We are trying to get the agent on ALL machines but one of the VM admins is concerned about the potential major impact on those VMs with all of them kicking off and running the inventory at the same time.  Is there something in place to "throttle" the resource usage on the clients or something to set that can ease his mind that the impact will be minimal?

Thanks!

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SK's picture

System resource usage: Set to LOW

Throttle inventory scan evenly over a period of:  N hours

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Igor Perevozchikov's picture

Maybe these settings for Inventory scan could help you?

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SK's picture

Thats what I already said.  ;-)

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Igor Perevozchikov's picture

Nobody notified me that SK is already posted comment, when I've uploaded a screenshot :- )

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jms97's picture

Thanks guys, I found this within minutes after posting the question.  Now as I understand it, Throttle inventory scan evenly over a period of:  N hours will only help with not overloading the NS.  Is that correct?  Or does this also limit further the resource usage on the client running the inventory?

SK's picture

If you set to to say 1 hour, then the SMA will pick a time within that hour to run the scan, which means that only a small amount of machines will run the scan at the same time and send their data at the same time.

This means that performance both on the VM host as well as for the NS will be improved.

If that option still does not provide good enough results, you can easily have multiple inventory scans, each targeting a different number of machines based off of say subnet, or first letter of MAC Address, of part of machine name, etc.

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andykn101's picture

In larger environments, provided Computer names end with a digit, I create 10 "ending in" Filters, one for each digit. These are useful for quasi random phasing of lots of things, like Inventory, Patches etc.
 

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